Abortion is normal. Abortion is common, necessary and happening every day across party lines, economic lines and religious lines. Abortion is also legal and, contrary to what the pundit economy would have you believe, not particularly controversial. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 70 percent of all Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, while 75 percent of Democrats believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. These are not numbers that indicate controversy. [...] What contortionist of logic came up with the proposal that alienating 75 percent of one’s constituents, and declaring half to not deserve control over their bodies, can strengthen a party’s numbers? This is not broadening our coalition; it’s flagrantly shrinking it.
To the DCCC Leadership:
Representative Luján's recent comments stating that the DCCC will not insist that candidates running as Democrats uphold a woman's freedom to make her own reproductive choices is appalling, disheartening, and political malpractice. While I can accept that a candidate might be personally uncomfortable with abortion, I expect every single Democrat to vote in support of reproductive freedom.
First, I am unequivocally opposed to forcing a person to give birth. Birth is inherently risky, can be traumatic, and no person with a uterus should ever be forced to go through it unless they want to. To be in the so-called "pro-life" movement means to believe that someone should be forced to give birth. There should be ZERO room for people so opposed to reproductive freedom in the Democratic party.
Second, this announcement is incredibly disheartening. [Explain your volunteering or financial contributions to the Democratic Party here]. To see the DCCC espouse a policy that abandons the basic principle of upholding someone's freedom to make the the best medical choice for that person makes me question what else will be up for debate. Will the DCCC require candidates to support access to contraception--that's the other target of the forced-birth movement. [As a [whatever type of person you are--especially if you are part of a marginalized group], I wonder whether the DCCC will abandon me and my rights.]
Finally, this announcement is political malpractice. All the men in the Democratic party who are willing to toss in with the forced-birth movement need to consider this fact: The vast majority of the unpaid labor that runs your campaigns is donated by WOMEN. To abandon one of the most basic freedoms of the people who make your campaigns possible is perhaps the most foolish course of action for the DCCC to take. Why would you as an organization want to alienate your strongest and most valuable supporters? Furthermore, abortion is not a controversial topic. The vast majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade and believe that abortion should be widely available. Voters who believe women should be forced to give birth are already Republicans--they will not vote for Democrats, so it's foolish to waste time trying to court them at the expense of the Democratic base.
In conclusion, this recent announcement that the DCCC will not insist candidates uphold the basic principle of reproductive freedom is immoral, risks alienating the Democratic party's most passionate volunteers and most valuable resource, and is among the most appallingly stupid politics I have ever seen. I hope you all will reconsider before such actions depress turnout and volunteer rates among the most faithful Democratic supporters.
A few weeks back, some old friends invited me to appear on their podcast. They are two stand-up comedians in their mid-30s — I know, the podcast comes as a shock — and their show is a kind of micro focus group, investigating how to be better straight white dudes by picking the brains of guests who don’t fit that description.
They want to know what people like me, for instance (fat, female, feminist) need from people like them (plausible extras in a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial). It’s sweet and, I think, encouraging.
“How to build a better white guy” is a conversation that could turn academic fast, replete with all the jargon that the sneering class finds so tedious: intersectionality, emotional labor, systemic oppression, the dreaded “privilege.” But when I sat down with my friends, only one question sprang to mind, and it was personal, not pedantic.
“Do you ever stick up for me?”
>re: pro-life Democrats. I argue the Democratic party should commit to bodily autonomy (or even sovereignty).
>Bodily autonomy is key for disability rights, of course (see @smneumeier for @NOSeditorial - http://nosmag.org/disability-rights-must-be-pro-choice/ …)
>but it's a principle that allows many other rights issues to come together, including of course reproductive freedom.
>Bodily autonomy does well for decriminalization, anti-stop and frisk, universal healthcare, LGBTQ rights, and more.
>What I like about it is that it takes YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT STUFF out of the equation. I don't care how you feel about abortion.
>We support bodily autonomy. We support bodily sovereignty (we are not actually autonomous, but you decide what your body does).
Democrats will fund anti-choice candidates in conservative districts, Representative Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in an interview this week, citing the party’s need to build “a broad coalition” to win control of Congress in 2018. “There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” Luján told The Hill. “As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America.”
The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Planned Parenthood Health Systems, found that voters are less likely to support a 20-week abortion ban once they have more information about the circumstances under which a woman may need later abortion care. The poll asked voters whether women should be able to have in abortion if she discovers serious fetal abnormalities, or if continuing her pregnancy poses critical health risks, or if she became pregnant from rape. When asked about women facing these specific circumstances, the majority of respondents said they should be able to access abortion services in those cases.
Ultimately, PPP found that up to 69 percent of voters believe a later abortion ban is the wrong issue for the legislature to spend its time on.
A survey of West Virginia voters, conducted by the American Majority Project Research Institute, found 76 percent of respondents believe medical decisions about reproductive issues should be made by a woman and her doctor.
Across the political spectrum, whether people self-identified as liberal or conservative, they largely supported reproductive justice for women, including support for Medicaid coverage for prenatal and maternity care and abortion (69 percent) and coverage for contraception in health plans provided by employers (64 percent).
More than 900 voters from Berkeley, Cabell and Kanawha counties responded to the online survey.
In August 2008, he told Southern California megachurch Pastor Rick Warren his definition of marriage: "I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God's in the mix."
He later added: "I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions."
LB 675: In 2009, Mello co-sponsored and voted in favor of a bill requiring that an ultrasound used prior to the performance of an abortion must be displayed so that “the woman may choose to view the ultrasound images or not view the ultrasound images. The woman shall be informed that the ultrasound images will be displayed so that she is able to view them.” The bill also stated, “Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to require the woman to view the displayed ultrasound images.”
“This report makes clear that politicians in states with the most extreme record of attacking reproductive rights are also far less likely to support the kind of programs and policies that actually advance the health and well-being of families," Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.
As a result, women and children who live in states with numerous abortion restrictions—like Texas (which includes 11 restrictions), Louisiana (13 restrictions), and Arkansas (also 13 restrictions)—are likely to suffer major setbacks in their overall health. Women are more likely to experience poverty, suffer from poor mental health, and face setbacks in their education or career. Texas in particular has some of the worst outcomes for women and surpasses the national average for maternal mortality rates. Conversely, in states with fewer restrictions, there are lower rates of poverty, better developmental and educational outcomes for children, and an overall improvement in health for women and their families.
-Fifty-nine percent of abortion patients in 2014 had had at least one previous birth.
-75% of abortion patients are low income, having family incomes of less than 200% of the federal poverty level
-While most abortion patients had health insurance coverage, it was still the case that a majority paid for their abortion care out of pocket.
In 2011–2012, the average amount paid for an abortion in a nonhospital setting at 10 weeks’ gestation and with local anesthesia was $480. The average paid for an early medication abortion up to 9 weeks’ gestation was $504.
Eighty-four percent of clinics reported at least one form of antiabortion harassment in 2011. Picketing was reported by 80%, and phone calls by 47%. Fifty-three percent of clinics were picketed 20 times or more in a year. Three percent of clinics reported receiving at least one bomb threat in 2011.
D. D. Guttenplan, Why Was Heath Mello Thrown Under the Bus?, The Nation.
OmahaDemocrat, Was the candidate for mayor of Omaha held to a different standard than other Democrats?
Chris Reeves, Let's talk about Omaha.
Armando, Is it correct that Heath Mello is Anti Choice?
Mello co-sponsored and voted in favor of a bill requiring that an ultrasound used prior to the performance of an abortion must be displayed...
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"According to The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Trump administration axed $213.6 million from evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and research nationwide. The federal Office of Adolescent Health recently notified the grantees of the cut.
The federal grant program was created under the first Obama administration, and a second cycle of funding was approved in 2015. Now the concern among program managers is that young people at highest risk will lose resources that in many areas were scarce to begin with.
The abrupt shortening of federal grants is “highly unusual,” said Chitra Panjabi, the president and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, which advocates for sex education for both teens and adults.
Panjabi cited the recent appointment of Valerie Huber, a prominent advocate of sexual abstinence for teens, as chief of staff to the assistant secretary for health at the federal Department of Health and Human Services, as a possible factor in the decision.
“It isn’t really surprising to me that she stepped into that role and then very shortly afterwards we’re seeing this rollback,” Panjabi said. “This is someone who does not believe in providing quality sex education for young people.”
Funding candidates who oppose abortion disrespects the bodily autonomy of any American with a uterus. I can't support Rep. Ben Ray Luján's position, which by extension is the position of the DCCC. Which of his human rights would he be willing to lay on the table? Are women not human now, in the eyes of the party? Exactly where is the line? Is there even a line? How can I support an organization willing to fund people who advocate forcing other people to give birth, who want to take health care away from people? This is so disappointing and disheartening. You want to play fast and loose now with American women's hard-won rights? Really?
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